RRHS Update - Week of 12/7

Winter Athletic Tryouts!

Winter tryouts will start on 12/7 for basketball and sideline cheer. All other sports will start the week of 12/14. See below for exact dates and times for each sport.

All athletes will enter through door D5 and fill out the symptom checker. The QR Code for the symptom checker is attached.

If you are not registered and a physical is not turned in or brought with you to tryouts you will be sent home.

All athletes must have the following complete to participate in tryouts:

  1. VHSL physical dated after 5/1/20
  2. Registration completed online atwww.rockridgesports.us

Sideline Cheer – Tryouts will be 12/7, 12/8, and 12/9 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Boys Basketball

Monday & Tuesday 12/7 and 12/8

11th & 12th Graders: 4:30-6:15 p.m. in the Main Gym.

10th Graders: 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Aux Gym.

9th Graders: 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Aux Gym.

Wednesday 12/9

11th & 12th Graders: 4:30-6:45 p.m. in the Main Gym.

10th Graders: 4:30-6:15 p.m. in the Aux Gym.

9th Graders: 5:45-7:45 p.m. in the Aux Gym.

Girls Basketball – 12/7 – 12/11. 9th and 10th graders will try out in the main gym from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. 11thand 12th graders will try out in the main gym from 6:15 – 8:00 p.m.

Wrestling – 12/14 – 12/18. 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the wrestling room.

Indoor Track – 12/14 – 12/16. 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on the track.

Swim - December 16 & 17th. We will be at Dulles South Rec. Center.

Wednesday Dec 16th: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday Dec 17th : 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Gymnastics – 12/14 – 12/16. 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Aux gym.

Helping Families in Need

Holiday Assistance for our Families in Need

During our present time, families more than ever are facing financial stress and burden. With the holiday season upon us, the financial stress and burden for these families are now even more significant. We hope to help our Rock Ridge families in need with gift cards to Walmart/Target or grocery stores to help alleviate at least some of their stress. Please consider donating a monetary amount through our Rock Ridge Payment Portal that is located on our website: www.lcps.org/rockridge. All donations will go towards purchasing gift cards for our families in need. The last day to donate will be December 13th. Please email our Parent Liaison, Nevein.Zalenski@lcps.org with any questions or assistance with payment. Thank you for your generosity.

Mobile Hope

Local Kids in Need this Christmas from the Mobile Hope Organization

This year, we expect to serve nearly twice the number of children at our annual Christmas event with toys and winter coats, mittens, hats, and gift cards.

Supply is a challenge this year. We are one of only four local organizations selected by Toys for Tots to distribute toys. Demand is high, and supply is expected to be at record lows.

We want to give 3 toys to each child, including those on our waiting list, which is now 22 families.

We are launching a toy and gift card drive during this season of giving. Learn how you, your family, neighborhood, organization or company can help!

Go to: https://mobile-hope.org/toy-gift-card-drive

Senior Information!

Senior Announcements

Cap and Gown Sizes

As part of Senior Dues you pay for a cap and gown to be worn at graduation and for pictures to please parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and so on. This year we want to get the gowns to you as early as we can so that you have lots of opportunities for photos prior to the main event.

Please have your student follow these steps so that we can order the right size gown.

  1. Open a text message to 70934
  2. Type in CONTACT and wait
  3. A link will open to complete your information
  4. Complete the information

NOTE – you will NOT get a confirmation of this action. If you wish to check if it is done contact Ms Sanabria in the Counseling office.

This needs to be completed whether or not Senior Dues have been paid.

Nothing else needs to be done to order the cap and gown for graduation. We take care of that.

Tee Shirts

Seniors at Rock Ridge have a Senior tee shirt, as part of the senior dues. The tee shirts were ordered, arrived in October and have been distributed at Senior Breakfasts. If your student has not picked up their shirt it can be collected by coming to the main office any day Monday- Friday between 9am and 4 pm.

Senior Dues

This $100 fee pays for the Cap and Gown, tee shirt and other senior/ graduation expenses. Please ensure these are paid BEFORE December 31st 2020 to avoid any late fees. This can be paid on the payment portal of the school website.

Senior Dues

Please contact liz.grainger@lcps.org or Nevein.zalenski@lcps.org for help with payment plans or if you are experiencing financial difficulty.

Mindfulness Mondays!

Practice mindfulness using videos posted by our UMHT every Monday in our Mindfulness Mondays schoology group on your own time. Each video starts out with a gratitude practice! See the attached Mindfulness Mondays flyer for the schoology code to access the videos each week.

PTSO Updates!

PTSO Spirit Night: December 15th at Chick-fil-A 3 - 8 PM. Please see attached flyer.

Senior Yard Signs for the Class of 2021 are available to ORDER NOW!! Parents, family, and friends are able to show their support for their Senior. Each sign is 18" x 24" and comes with a wire H stand for display.

Two Options:

· Option 1 - 18" X 24" Standard Yard Sign - Only $25 - See attached sample

· Option 2 - Personalized 18" X 24" Sign with Student Name - Only $30 - See attached sample

Deadline to order January 30, 2021 and signs will arrive mid-late February.

Place your order HERE. All proceeds from yard signs will benefit the 2021 PTSO scholarship winners!

Help us to reach our goal of 100% membership this year! Sign up for a NO COST Online Membership HERE


Harris Teeter Together in Education: Click here to link your Harris Teeter VIC card.

Please join us at our Next Meeting: Thursday January 7th, 2021 at 7PM.

Invite: https://meet.google.com/wte-opjc-mwj?authuser=0

Reminder - Our friends at Revolution Prep are offering a gift card worth up to $200 toward their academic tutoring and test prep programs.

The expiration date to claim and redeem the gift is December 31st, so make sure you do so before then.

Taking advantage of the offer is easy. Just go to www.revolutionprep.com/partners/100426

Our dedicated Revolution Prep academic advisor can help you figure out what the best way to use the gift card is, depending on your child’s needs.

Whether they want to boost their scores, become more confident learners, or simply take a deep dive into a subject they are interested in, there is a program for them. We offer support to students of all grades, K-12 and college!

To contact your advisor, Matt Hale, and develop a personalized study plan for your child, call them at 301.798.7227. You can also email them at matt.hale@revolutionprep.com.

Yearbook - Door Decorating!


Students can decorate any door in their house (bedroom door, a random door in the house, front door, garage door etc.). They can choose the theme- winter, holidays, snow, etc. They should try to be as creative as they can and try to show school spirit and positivity/encouragement.


  1. Decoration takes place December 3rd to the 17th until 5 pm
  2. Students must enter to win here by 5 pm on December 17th
  3. Winner announced during announcements December 18th

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories

  1. Prize to the overall winner- a meal of your choice Door Dashed to your house
  2. Spirit points for the grade of each participant
  3. The advisory class with the most participation
  4. 20 SPIRIT POINTS to the grade with the highest parti

Counseling News!

Monday December 14 students at all grade levels will have a chance to connect with their counselors. Topics and links will be sent out next week. Times are:

9am 9th grade

10am 10th grade

11am 11th grade

Mindfulness Monday!

Mindfulness Monday is a great way to start your week off on a positive note. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and increase mental well-being. Join our Schoology Group! Schoology Access Code: JBVT-SSV5-9TPTZ Google Meets nickname is located in Schoology.

9th Graders

Next week our school psychologist is giving a Mental Health Matters presentation to 9th graders through their Health & PE class. This presentation focuses on resiliency using the Sources of Strength. We will also discuss what to do if students are going through a tough time dealing with strong emotions or having a hard time tapping into their strengths. Students are encouraged to tell a trusted adult when things become too overwhelming in a friend or with themselves. Please contact Dallas Hensley at dhensley@lcps.org if you have any questions.

Junior Parent Night was December 1st at 7pm. This will be a virtual presentation. Here is a link to the re-broadcast Thanks to everyone who was able to join. About half the Junior families signed on. This presentation was just the beginning of a number of presentation to get Junior Families ready for Senior year and beyond. There were a number of questions around the types of college applications. Here is a good resource to explain the different type of applications college may require/offer Click here If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to the college process Click here The link is to the National Association of College Admissions Counselors or NACAC complete guide.

Seniors: We are in the home stretch for applications. Keep up the good work by getting your transcript request in on time. Below is a chart on when request so be turned in to be processed in time for the application deadline. If you have not set up your senior appointment here is the link.


Big picture

All Grades: Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition is now accepting applications. You can register your project here. Many of our students contribute and volunteer in our community. Here is a chance to show how you make a difference. It is a great competition to have on your college resume. Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition encourages middle and high school youth across the county to identify an issue in their school, neighborhood or community, create a plan to address that issue, and implement the plan. The goal is to encourage, support and reward the youth of Loudoun County for making positive changes in their own lives and the lives of others.

Colleges to Know

Birmingham-Southern College

How will you pursue your passions?

The faculty and academic programs are there to help you answer that question. Whether you choose a traditional liberal arts major, a pre-professional discipline, or one of our special interdisciplinary programs, you’ll be challenged to do your very best. With small classes, close advising, and hands-on experiences throughout the curriculum, you’ll learn new things in all new ways. You learn best by doing. Through BSC groundbreaking rise3 program, you’ll have opportunities to apply what you learn through a research, internship, or service-learning experience.

SAS Newsletter

Career Center News!


Sign up via Naviance. A link for the virtual call will be sent out prior to the event. Registering is the only way you will receive the link.

12/7: Lincoln Tech at 10:00 AM – This is a vocational school with residential living. There are campuses across the country including one in Columbia, MD. If you have any interest auto repair, welding, HVAC, electrical or other trades, I would recommend attending.

12/7: United States Coast Guard Academy at 1:30 PM – The only service academy not requiring a nomination from a state representative. This academy is in New London, CT

12/8: United States Marine Corps at 12:30 PM – for those interested in enlisting in the Marine Corps.

12/11: University of Essex at 12:30 PM Interested in studying overseas? This public research university is located in Essex, England.


12/8: Johns Hopkins is hosting a panel with students who went to high school in Northern Virginia at 7:00 PM. If you are interested in Johns Hopkins this is a great way to get some perspective from a student like you. Register here.

12/14: John Champe High School will present an HBCU (historical black colleges and universities) panel. This event is at 5:00 PM. You can register here.